New 49'er Newsletter

FIRST QUARTER, MARCH 2017                               VOLUME 31, NUMBER 3

Dave McCracken


Newsletter By Dave McCracken General Manager


The New 49’ers Legal Fund, separate from The New 49’er Prospecting Association, is an organization with the purpose to defend the civil and statutory rights of members of natural resource dependent communities through public education, participation in litigation, and other public processes that involve such rights, and providing legal assistance to indigent members of such communities.

The New 49’ers Legal Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization based in Happy Camp, California. For more information concerning legal matters, please go here.

The Legal Fund, in one way or another, along with several other industry advocacy groups, is involved with most of the legal challenges being faced by small-scale gold miners in the western States of America.

Most of the money The Legal Fund raises comes in as the result of several drawings we do every year. Fortunately, there are quite a large number of contributors. The most recent drawing took place on the 24th of February at our headquarters in Happy Camp, California. Here are the winners: 

One-ounce American Gold Eagle:  Dennis Taylor of Cheyenne WY

Quarter-ounce American Gold Eagles:  Ryck Rowan of Spokane WA; Ryck Rowan of Spokane WA; FairOaksFinds of Fair Oaks CA and PJ and Jack Wray of Auburn WA

Tenth-ounce American Gold Eagles:  Jerry Rady of Escondido CA; Walt Morrison of Kent WA; Chester Morris of Mount Aukum CA; Don Brady of Happy Camp; Dennis Taylor of Cheyenne WY; Spencer Bailey of Bakersfield CA; Ryck Rowan of Spokane WA; Joseph Burda of Pacifica CA; Dennis Kim of Honolulu HI and Phil Robinson of Redway CA

One-ounce American Silver Eagles:  Daniel Connolly of Atwater CA; Stephen Clapham of Klamath River CA; Jeffery Arnold of Hercules CA; Larry Alexander of Ceres CA; Joe Martin of Willits CA; William White of Portland OR; Jan Nelson of Skagway AK; Donald Hill of Vallejo CA; Dennis Taylor of Cheyenne WY; Gregory Dennis of Livermore CA

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Thanks to all of our loyal supporters, we can consider this another very successful fund-raiser.  As promised, the Legal Fund will now follow with another fund-raiser duplicating the very same prizes – since these seem to generate strong interest.


New Legal Fund-raiser with 25 American Gold Eagles!

Gold and Silver Eagles

Grand Prize: 1-ounce American Gold Eagle
Four ¼-ounce American Gold Eagles
Ten 1/10th-ounce American Gold Eagles
Ten 1-ounce American Silver Eagles

Our office will automatically generate a ticket in your name for every $10 legal contribution we receive ($100 would generate 10 tickets, etc.).

This drawing will take place at 3 pm on Friday 23rd of June 2017 at our headquarters in Happy Camp. You do not need to be a member of our organization to participate. You do not need to be present to win.  There is no limit to the size or frequency of your contributions, or to the number of prizes you can win.

Legal contributions can be arranged by calling (530) 493-2012, by mailing to The New 49’ers Legal Fund, P.O. Box 47, Happy Camp, CA 96039, or online.

All contributions are tax deductible. You can find more information about the drawing right here.

Purchase Tickets for the next legal Fund-raiser Drawing

  $10.00 each – Enter the number of tickets you wish to purchase into the quantity field then click “Update” before checking out. Our office will automatically generate a ticket in your name for every $10 legal contribution we receive ($100 would generate 10 tickets, etc). There is no limit to the size or frequency of your contributions, or to the number of prizes you can win. Your contribution to The New 49’er Legal Fund is tax-deductible.


Legal and Political Perspective

We certainly do live in interesting times!

While the industry continues ongoing litigation concerning motorized small-scale mining, particularly suction dredging for gold,  in California and Oregon, and the all-important Rinehart petition has been submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, I personally believe that meaningful relief from totally unreasonable over-regulation (mostly by State agencies) on the public lands is most likely to come from the Trump administration and U.S. congress as they move their agenda forward to make America great again.

We will need to have some patience; because the Trump Team and congress are clearly occupied with the larger issues facing America that the vast majority of Americans are interested in – like controlling who is allowed to enter our country, our health care system and tax reform.  But even as these issues are mostly what the mainstream press is covering, it is clear that the Trump Team and part of congress are working on how to eliminate unreasonable environmental regulation that has been strangling the American economy.

So now we are working the political side of the big equation; something that has been closed off to us for most of my career. I am aware of at least 2 federal legislative bills being circulated that will bring us much-needed relief concerning resource development on the public lands, and on privately-held land that has been patented because of proven mineral reserves.  We are quietly providing support to both of these efforts. When the appropriate time comes, we will ask you to send in your letters, emails or make phone calls in support.

While it really hasn’t happened yet, it is just a matter of time before the Trump Team and congress are going to run directly into the very same extremely-liberal players at the State level who have basically reduced America’s mining industry down to early-1800’s technology. Here is proof that this is going to happen!

There was a time when America had the strongest mining industry in the world. Now, it would be easier to get a mining permit in North Korea or Iran! And it’s not just mining. It is nearly everything that allows individual freedom to create wealth.

I’m betting that what we have not been able to overcome in 7+ years of litigation can be resolved by the new administration as they run smack into the forces that have been holding us down. We just need to give it some time. Here are just a few examples of how things are changing:

Metals and Mining Matter

Congress Moves To Roll Back Regulations Of Federal Lands

New Interior Chief Vows Review Of Obama-Era Rules, ‘Bold’ Restructuring

New U.S. Environmental Chief Says Agency Can Also Be Pro-Jobs

Arizona Senate Committee Passes Bill To Treat Gold As Money, Remove Capital Gains Tax

Know that we are quietly working on freeing up our industry from prohibitive regulations.  We are also organizing as best we can to sponsor productive group projects for the 2017 season.

For as long as we have been held down, it’s worth waiting a while longer. After all, we are talking about regaining access to America’s vast natural treasures – the very substance that must be made available if America is to be made great again. I had my doubts that it would happen during my lifetime, but finally America’s new leaders are actually looking for solutions at how to get things back on track. Our country has been mismanaged so severely, we are going to need to be patient while the mess gets untangled.  There is good reason for hope!

Myself, and the others on our active team, want to express our sincerest gratitude to those of you who have been supporting our efforts.

Join us for our Group Mining Projects Next Season!

There is a learning curve to successful gold prospecting.  One of the most effective methods of progressing through the learning curve is to go on prospecting adventures with others who more experienced than you are.

Our 2-day Group Mining Projects are one of the primary benefits of New 49’er membership which set us apart from other mining associations.  All weekend events are free to Full & Associate Members.

2017 Schedule of Events: June 3 & 4; June 24 & 25, July 15 & 16; August 5 & 6; August 26 & 27 

Schedule of Events

In addition, electronic prospecting specialist and New 49’er member, Dennis Dickson, in concert with Whites Electronics and Armadillo Mining Supply will host two 2-day electronic gold prospecting projects in Happy Camp this coming season. Bring your own metal detectors. The projects will happen on Friday & Saturday June 9 and 10 and Friday & Saturday August 18 and 19.  We will meet at our Headquarters in Happy Camp at 9 am.

We are also hoping to organize some underwater suction mining projects (without the use of motorized pumps) in an established very rich gold deposit (in shallow water) this summer. Watch for more news on this as we attempt to move forward.

Group projects are limited to a certain number of participants. Scheduling in advance is strongly advised to ensure a position on any specific weekend project: 530 493-2012 

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The New 49’ers Prospecting Association, 27 Davis Road, Happy Camp, California 96039 (530) 493-2012

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